Until this plant grew too big it thrived in the shelter of our house terrace. Prior to planting we should have explored more than one horticultural advice web site. Then we’d have found it is in hardiness group H5 and would grow anywhere at Bocombe.
Aralia cachemirica has maroon to black fruits from mid-September through to the first frosts.
It’s vigorous and tall and spreads easily. The leaves are dark green and pinate, being divided into ovate heart-shapes and then toothed! Said by most web sites to require moist but well drained soil, at Bocombe it grows, let’s not beat about the bush, in waterlogged soil.
Tucked away among our thousands of trees is a Hermitage where Simon the Hermits lives. When approached he’s a friendly chap and will cheerfully show you round his Hermitage and adjacent Shell Grotto. Having lived in the valley at Bocombe, as he says “since before time began”, he’s very knowledgeable about the Mystery of St Bocombe, and the rest of the world!
Visit the gardens at Bocombe Mill Cottage to explore what many an Estate owner in the 18th century paid handsomely for – a live Hermit! Check Simon out here,